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The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

The Arts of Travel Matthew Dagher-Margosian

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The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

    Carrie Lam & The Corona Virus- An update on Hong Kong w. Atlantic Writer Timothy McLaughlin

    Carrie Lam & The Corona Virus- An update on Hong Kong w. Atlantic Writer Timothy McLaughlin

    To get an update on Hong Kong, the Corona Virus and the still ongoing Hong Kong Protests, I spoke with Contributing Writer at the Atlantic -Timothy McLaughlin (Twitter @TMclaughlin3)

    We discuss the incompetence of Carrie Lam and her handling of the Corona Virus, if solidarity is building between Wuhan and Hong Kong, and the still evolving protests and methods of dissent used by Hong Kong Protesters.

    For more on Tim you can check out his website here: https://www.timothymclaughlin.net/

    Music is Garden Eden - created by BmoMusik of Free Beat / Beat Brueck https://soundcloud.com/beatbruecke/free-beat-garden-eden-by-bmomusik-wwwbeatbrueckede

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Candy Colored Clowns - Comedian Jake Flores on ICE, The Brooklyn Left and Podcast Leftism (Part 1)

    Candy Colored Clowns - Comedian Jake Flores on ICE, The Brooklyn Left and Podcast Leftism (Part 1)

    This is part 1 of a two part conversation. I spoke w. Comedian Jake Flores on his terrifying experience with ICE, his interactions with what's colloquially known as the Brooklyn Left, and how podcasting has become so critical to amplifying the left, and the positives and negatives of this Medium.

    Jake's an incredibly sensitive and kind comedian with great insights on how we can build a more progressive space for Comedy, Media and politics. I try to raise some good-faith criticisms of my own interactions with the "Brooklyn Left". I think our conversation ends at a good place before we move onto part two (next week) which talks more specifically about Comedy.

    For more on Jake check out his twitter, go see his live shows, and listen to his own podcasts:

    • The more serious and academic 'Why you Mad?': https://soundcloud.com/whyyoumadpod


    • And the horror/leftist/cluster-fu*k that is Pod Damn America : https://soundcloud.com/poddamnamerica


    • And Jake's own website (with tours and other info) can be found here: http://www.feraljokes.com


    Beats by Lakey Inspired - Golden Hour
    https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired

    • 58 min
    Professor Joshua Hendrick on Fethullah Gülen, Turkey, and 'Neoliberal Islam'

    Professor Joshua Hendrick on Fethullah Gülen, Turkey, and 'Neoliberal Islam'

    I was thrilled to speak with Dr. Joshua Hendrick, Author of Gülen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World

    Fethullah Gülen is perhaps the world's most open but least understood religious leaders. In this conversation, Dr. Hendrick unpacks how The Gülen movment built itself into a religious and business empire, how it was originally an ally of the Erdogan and the AKP, and how it became such a threat to the Turkish State that an open war was declared between the former alllies, culminating in the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan.

    We also discuss the fascinating term "Market Islam" or (as I call it Neoliberal Islam), how Neoliberalism was crucial to the infrastructure of the Gülen Movement.

    This is perhaps our most interesting chat of the year, we can't wait for you to listen and learn more about this fascinating man, movement and his falling out with the Turkish State!

    Prod. Riddiman: Holidays - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIup-HVd4_M

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Journalists Karen Ho and Tony Lin on White Privilege in Media & Reforming (or Revolting Against) Elite Institutions

    Journalists Karen Ho and Tony Lin on White Privilege in Media & Reforming (or Revolting Against) Elite Institutions

    I was thrilled to speak with accomplished journalists Karen Ho (Twitter: @karenkho) & Tony Lin (@tony_zy) for a conversation on Race, Class and Privilege.

    We discuss how Wuhan's Corona Virus is being used to promote anti-Chinese racism, how Post-Coloniality and White Privilege affects Journalism, and how far-right tendencies manifest themselves in China's digital spaces.

    We also touch upon Wall Street, The Ivy Leagues, Ellen K Pao and a host of other subjects. It's a passionate and at times contentious conversation, but, it's all in good faith. We all want to build a better world, we just feel there are different ways to get there.

    For more on Tony and Karen's incredible reporting, I would recommend the following:

    Karen's cover story for Time on Whitness in Hollywood and the film Crazy Rich Asians: https://time.com/longform/crazy-rich-asians/

    Karen's Story for Toronto Life on the family crime drama of Jennifer Pan: https://torontolife.com/city/crime/jennifer-pan-revenge/

    And her story for Vox on the ordeals of US immigration: https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/2/26/18235347/us-work-visa-o-1

    For Tony I'd highly recommend:

    His report on the Doxxing of Chinese citizens for supporting the Hong Kong Protests: https://qz.com/1696522/chinese-supporters-of-hong-kong-protests-face-doxxing/

    His work on Islamophobia on China's Digital Spaces: https://www.cjr.org/analysis/weibo-new-zealand-massacre.php

    And for the book we discuss LIQUIDATED: An Ethnography of Wall Street (written by a different Karen Ho, Dr. Karen Ho of the University of Minnesota ) Can be found here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/liquidated

    Music is by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Is Celebrity an Inequality? Naomi Burton of Means TV on Building Progressive Media & The U.S Left's Relationship with Fame

    Is Celebrity an Inequality? Naomi Burton of Means TV on Building Progressive Media & The U.S Left's Relationship with Fame

    I was thrilled to be joined by Naomi Burton, Co-Founder of Means TV (@means_tv), the first Anti-Capitalist Media Platform in the United States. Naomi and Co-Founder Nick Hayes, rose to prominence through producing videos for Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and several other campaigns.

    After these big breaks they could have done anything, but (to my great admiration) they chose perhaps the most risky and unprecedented path: trying to build a worker-owned media platform that gives voice to those traditionally excluded from the entertainment industry, and to produce content that explains the structural forces (Racism, Capitalism, Patriarchy, Sexism) that generates these exclusions.

    It's a strange conversation in that I'm not sure Fame or Celebrity (which themselves are based on inequality) can ever be progressive or leftist. I discuss this with Naomi, my own difficulty in building solidarity with fellow leftists in Media, and thoughts on how we can do things better. It's a fascinating conversation with a brilliant woman, and I can't wait to hear what you think!

    For more on Means TV check them out on Twitter or their webpage. They launch February 26th and need your support!

    Music is "Arcade" by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Writer Aruni Kashyap on using Fiction to understand Assam, Assamese Identity and India's Protests

    Writer Aruni Kashyap on using Fiction to understand Assam, Assamese Identity and India's Protests

    Writer and Professor @AruniKashyap was kind enough to join The Arts of Travel Podcast to discuss how he captures the complexity of India, his home state of #Assam and identity, through his fiction and poetry.

    Aruni is a highly regarded Assamese Writer and Translator currently teaching at the University of Georgia. He is the author of His Father's Disease and Other Stories (Context/ Westland) and the novel The House With a Thousand Stories (Viking/ Penguin Random House). His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared or forthcoming in The Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, the Hindu, Evergreen Review, Karthika Review, Juked, Sin Fronteras Journal, Stonecoast Review, The Atticus Review

    For those interested in our discussion, below are recommended titles from Aruni:

    • Miya poetry is mostly available online in translation or in the Assamese script in blogs.


    • Fiction by Indira Goswami, Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya, Syed Abdul Malik, Nirupama Borgohain, Homen Borgohain, Arupa Patangia Kalita, would be a wonderful way to start with Assamese fiction.


    • Non Fiction by Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty, Dilip Kumar Chattopadhyay, Makiko Kimura, Vibhuti Singh Shekhawat, Sanjib Baruah

    For More w. Aruni, check out his interview in Scroll:
    https://scroll.in/article/949444/aruni-kashyaps-gentle-stories-depict-assamese-characters-trying-to-make-sense-of-their-world

    His Interview in the Indian Express: https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/the-only-way-forward-is-building-a-tolerant-society-aruni-kashyap-6147681/

    And of course his numerous writings on Context, Penguin, Viking and other presses: https://www.arunikashyap.com/

    Music by Eskry: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn7sTl5-v4Ik6OpPHTQkEVg

    • 1 hr 13 min

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